This New Center issue brief provides a brief primer on U.S. foreign aid policy in the context of COVID-19, what the public thinks of it, and shows why foreign aid shouldn’t be viewed as a luxury cost to shed, but an essential investment to keep America safe.

While the U.S. outpaced the world in previous tech innovations–from the creation of the first computers and the Internet–our future leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is an open question. China has put the full weight of its government and state-owned banks behind an effort to build up “national champions” in key sectors, and the U.S. government has only started to fashion a coherent long-term response.

It’s time for an old energy innovation to become new again in America. An expansion of next-generation nuclear power may provide the best and most realistic path for America to protect our environment, expand our use of low-carbon energy, and sustain our economy in the years ahead.

America has a housing problem that keeps getting worse. Too many working and middle-class Americans can’t afford a decent place to rent or buy. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the U.S. unemployment rate to levels last seen during the Great Depression.

This policy paper explores the causes of the affordable housing crisis, obstacles in the way of solving it, and some short- and long-term solutions to promote the construction of new supply and make existing housing more affordable.

5G’s time has finally arrived, as it is becoming one of the most valuable tools in promoting American innovation and competitiveness in mobile technology. However, despite the growing importance of high-speed connectivity, the United States—which paced the world in developing so many other transformative technologies—is falling behind in the race to 5G.

Despite the attention on policing nationwide, we simply don’t have good enough data on how it is actually practiced in communities across the country. This issue brief identifies the specific areas in which more data collection and reporting could directly and indirectly improve policing—by holding police officers and departments accountable and allowing for objective policy analysis.

What might an economically sustainable approach to emissions reduction look like? This New Center issue brief has some ideas on where to start, and explores how environmental and energy policy and politics are shifting during this historic pandemic.

At least 20 million jobs have been lost since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and millions more people are working reduced hours.

Shouldn’t the historic government response from Washington buy us something better than the worst unemployment crisis since the 1930s, with millions of workers unsure when or if they’ll be able to go back to their old jobs?

In this issue brief, The New Center explores what went wrong with the implementation of some of the current CARES Act programs to assist individuals and businesses, and what new programs could be considered in the next round of coronavirus relief legislation.

In this issue brief, The New Center outlines steps the federal government and states have taken to address supply shortages, and what America can and should do in the future to ensure access to critical medicines and supplies when we need them.